Latest posts by KT53


Posted: 08/03/2017 at 15:35

Ride on mower!

Do i need permission from the landlord to start a vegetable patch?

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 12:23

I've never rented but I would imagine there is some kind of 'catch all' section referring to the property being left as it was found when the tenant moves.  If that is the case the OP might have to returf the area if it is changed from lawn to garden.

Even if the landlord agrees to the tenant creating a veg patch, it would be worth checking if reinstatement would be required if the tenant leaves.

Choice of New Camera

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 13:28
Doghouse Riley says:

 A good way of keeping a compact camera steady, is using the same method as you would with binoculars.

Put the camera up to your eye and then pull your elbows in tight to the sides of your ribs.

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 That's not always possible with compact cameras.  Many don't have any form of viewfinder other than the rear screen.  To use them you have to hold the camera away from your face.  It's one of the reasons I don't like using a smartphone as a camera.  I'll always use a dSRL as first choice, followed by a compact with optical viewfinder.

Choice of New Camera

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 08:43
Steve the Gardening Vet says:

Good points KT53, there are very few pics that are not enhanced by the use of a tripod!

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 True, but a tripod isn't always a practical proposition. Some of the ultra compacts don't even have a tripod bush.  Many people think that smaller is automatically better, which is certainly not the case when trying to keep a camera steady. 

Garden Gravel

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 08:18

Ad or not, I've never come across anywhere in this country which supplies different soil 'mixes' as shown in the link.  Maybe they don't want to do the work for themselves in the US.

Choice of New Camera

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 08:12

Just a couple of points for anybody looking for a compact digital camera.  Many these days don't have a conventional optical viewfinder, instead forcing you to use the screen as a digital viewfinder.  That means holding the camera away from you and greatly increasing the likelihood of camera shake, resulting in images losing their sharpness.  Alternatively they have digital viewfinders in the place the optical one used to be.  Some are very good, but others have a delay if you are moving the camera.  Basically then, by the time you press the viewfinder the subject has moved.

Choice of New Camera

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 08:07
aym280 says:

KT: Why don't you buy a lithium battery camera instead?  Those batteries never last long enough. My battery last about 1 week or more if I don't take video. I think the fact that it is a camcorder helps as it requires much longer battery life. Go on, treat yourself and save yourself the worries and panic! You're worth it or tell your wife so .. 

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 My camera does use lithium batteries, but I'd still rather be safe.  Cost of camera or battery isn't an issue.

Garden Gravel

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 08:04

From the link I'm assuming you are based in the USA.  This is a predominantly UK site, and I'm not aware of various specific soil mixes, as described in the link, being available over here.  All we would do is order sieved topsoil.

Choice of New Camera

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 17:31
Doghouse Riley says:

No you're not missing anything, it's a fair question.

 The lithium batteries last much longer than the  two AA re-chargeables I used in the other camera.

You can buy a spare, they are quite cheap, but the amount of use I make of the camera shouldn't be a problem. When I upload pictures from it to my laptop, afterwards I leave it plugged in until the red light on the camera  goes off, then I know it's recharged, no having to take the batteries out of the camera and putting them in a charger.

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 That makes sense.  All the same, I'm the eternal pessimist and I always carry a spare fully charged battery whenever I go out.  I'm convinced that if I didn't the battery would fail at the crucial moment.

Choice of New Camera

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 12:59

I'm obviously missing something, but why does a lithium battery mean you don't have to worry about a spare?  If the lithium is a 'fixed' battery surely you still have the risk of it going flat when out but no way of mitigating the risk by carrying a spare?

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